Sociology Courses

SOC 111. Introduction to Sociology
The sociological perspective is developed through understanding the basic concepts of culture and society, as well as introducing methods of sociological investigation and sociological theorists such as Marx, Durkheim, Weber. This perspective is then used to explore global issues, social institutions, inequality, and social change. Fall/Spring. Fulfills the general education perspectives requirement.

SOC 213. American and Appalachian Cultural Systems
The traditional rural culture of the Appalachian region examined in the context of social change and the dominant industrial American value system. On Demand.

SOC 214. Class, Structure, and Power
Analysis of various patterns of social inequality with emphasis on theoretical and empirical investigations of class, race and gender in contemporary industrial societies. Prerequisite: SOC 111. Alternate years.

SOC 216. Social Problems
Various social problems such as delinquency, drug addiction, and mental illness will be studied in the light of contemporary sociological perspectives on social problems. Prerequisite: SOC 111. Fall.

SOC 218: Social Conflict
Course examines the origin, escalation, and resolution of social conflict at three levels: interpersonal, intergroup (e.g., ethnic group, economic class), and international. Focuses on major courses of conflicting including: miscommunication, ethnic identity, competition for material resources, and ideological differences. Expressions of conflict will be examined including: hatred, electoral action, labor union activity, war and terrorism. Interventions to minimize the negative social impacts of conflict will be considered for each level of conflict.

SOC 219. Social Research Methods
See PS 219. Yearly.

SOC 220. Behavioral Science Statistics
An introduction to statistical analysis, including descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling theory, statistical inference, and regression and correlation analysis. Prerequisite: a Social Science perspectives course.

SOC 226. Sociology of the Family
The structure and function of the family in various types of society with emphasis on the family as a mediating structure between the individual and society. Prerequisite: SOC 111. Spring.

SOC 261. Internship
An initial exploratory experience outside the classrooms. Designed to explore new ideas or supplement regular courses in the attainment of various competencies. Credit awarded upon successful completion of the internship as described in the student-originated and departmentally approved proposal. Prerequisite: Permission of internship advisor.

SOC 300. Research Activity II
Mid-level participation in decision making in the design and conduct of ongoing research accompanied by regular seminars. Course may be repeated for up to a maximum of six semester hours credit. Prerequisites: SOC 200 and SOC 219 or PS 219 or BSS 220, or permission of instructor. Offered on demand.

SOC 308. Social Psychology
See PSY 308. Spring.

SOC 310. Social and Political Theory
Major trends in classical and contemporary theory with an emphasis on recurring fundamental concepts, problems and personalities. Prerequisite: SOC 111 or PS 111. Spring.

SOC 318. Social Movements
This course explores theoritical issues related to social movements--why they emerge, how they evolve, how they are organized, why people join them, what factors determine their success--while learning about various historical and contemporary social movements such as the Black civil rights, enviornmental, religious right, and gay rights movements. Fulfills a general education perspectives requirement. Prerequisite: none. Offered in fall, yearly.

SOC 319. Social Research Methods II
This course will extend and elaborate elements covered in Social Research Methods I with emphasis on skill development. Prerequisite: SOC 219 or equivalent. Offered on demand.

SOC 327. Special Topics
Members of the faculty offer one or more special topic courses per year such as sociology of education, environmental sociology, attitudes, and demography. Further information may be obtained from the department office. Prerequisite: SOC 111. Not offered on a regular schedule.

SOC 338. Sociology of Food & Eating
Explores ways in which food rituals connect individuals to their societies. Features of American food systems, trends of consumption (e.g., “McDonaldization”), and societal consequences are studied. The effects of social inequalities of class, gender, and race are examined, along with national and global political and economic issues connected with food. Prerequisite: SOC 111. Spring, odd numbered years.

SOC 400. Research Activity
Advanced participation in planning, design and conduct of supervised research together with regular seminars to discuss and analyze problems raised in the actual conduct of social scientific research. Student responsibility for leadership of task groups in the conduct of specified projects. Prerequisites: SOC 200 and SOC 219 or PS 219 or SOC 220, or permission of instructor.

SOC 417. Death and Dying
The phenomena of death and dying in the context of western culture. Issues of euthanasia, abortion, and suicide are examined as is the experience of the dying individual in relation to self, significant others, the family, and other care-providing institutions. The plight of widows and other survivors is also discussed. Prerequisite: SOC 111 or permission of instructor. Alternate years.

SOC 457, 458. Directed Readings
Supervised readings in sociology. Credit awarded upon satisfactory completion of examination at the end of the semester. Student should make arrangements with the supervising faculty early in the semester before the course is to begin. Prerequisite: Three courses in Sociology, one of which is a 300/400 level course.

SOC 460. Independent Study
Advanced study in an area of sociology selected by the student with general direction from a faculty advisor. Credit is granted upon completion of an original paper. Student should make arrangements with the faculty advisor early in semester before independent study is to begin. Prerequisites: Three courses in sociology, one of which must be closely related to the area in which the independent study will be done.

SOC 461. Internship
Advanced, off-campus supervised internship in an agency or community setting during which the student applies knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. The internship is linked to a seminar that provides the opportunity to reflect upon the field experience and evaluate student performance. S/U credit is awarded upon the successful completion of the internship, as described in a student-generated proposal approved in advance of the internship by both the faculty internship supervisor and the participating agency or organization. Prerequisites: Completion of major courses in Sociology and senior standing. Yearly.

SOC 470. Senior Seminar
For general sociology students only, designed to summarize and synthesize their study in the field and give them an opportunity to conduct and present a research project in their area of interest. Prerequisites: Completion of the major courses in Sociology and senior standing. Fall. Fulfills a general education practicum requirement.